We’ve all had those incredibly picky clients, right? I warned you before that I’d be whining about my guy in Arkansas who seems to think I should just be able to read his mind when I work on his projects. I tried to “fire” him one time, saying (very cleverly, I thought) that we seem to have different communication styles and that I really wanted his project to turn out well, so maybe a different writer might be in order. I will admit that this is after I had already cried, kicked, and screamed in my office two separate times over his projects.
No dice. Because I’m just such a nice person (or a “sucker,” if you prefer), I gave in to his wheedling and begging and did actually finish the project. Of course, he was thrilled with the final results and thought I was just the best thing since sliced bread.
I just had another conversation with Mr. Arkansas yesterday. You know your insecurities have made an impression when your client is saying things like, “I knew you could do it!” I felt a bit like a grade schooler who, after always being picked last for sports, just made her first ever soccer goal. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t worried that I could do it, I was more concerned that I might end up crawling down the phone line and throttling him before the project was concluded.
I recently came across an email online that makes me all of a sudden feel like Mr. Arkansas is a dream! Can you imagine working for this lady? (Seriously, follow that link. It’s the funniest thing you’ll read all day.)
This brings me to my final point. I’d love to hear about your worst-ever client experiences. Email them to me at lornadoone (at) berrybrewer (dot) com, and I’ll pick some of the best to share here. Don’t worry, I’ll strip out any information that might reveal the guilty party! Come on, hit me with your horror stories of deadlines, revisions, and communication breakdowns.